Globe and Mail
June 7, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Security for the G8-G20 summits will cost taxpayers close to $1-billion.
Supplementary estimates released by Parliament Tuesday indicate federal government will spend $654-million on security on top of the $179-million announced in March, for a total of $833-million.
The total figure greatly exceeds some published media estimates of the overall costs.
In fact, the government anticipates the final cost could exceed $900-million, meaning that the cost of providing security to world leaders meeting for a few days of meetings near Huntsville, and then Toronto, will cost as about as much as was believed to be spent for security during the two-week-long Vancouver Olympic Games.
The RCMP, which is deploying thousands of officers to the events, is to get the lionâ€™s share of the funding, followed by the Public Safety Department, followed by the Department of National Defence.